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A sovereign state consisting of an independent city and its surrounding territory.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state consisting of a sovereign city and its dependencies. Among the most famous are the great independent cities of the ancient world, such as Athens, Sparta, Carthage, Thebes, Corinth, and Rome
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a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.
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body politic, country, nation, res publica, commonwealth, state, land - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
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[ˈsɪtɪˌsteɪt] Nciudad-estado f
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They were geological experts sent to investigate the old question of the alleged supply of gold from the rocks round here, upon which (as it was said) the small city-state had so long maintained its credit and been able to negotiate with its neighbours even under the ceaseless bombardment of bigger armies.
The Greeks made it a point that every four years they would let go of their differences and cease all fighting, and gather to watch representatives of each city-states play friendly sports.
This development was the result of the evolution of a macroculture, which provided a framework of values, norms, customs, institutions and ideas in various fields of human activity, like war, religion, athletics, and the city- state, which were different from those that prevailed in Greece from 8th to 6th centuries BC.2 What is less known, but is very important owing to the early modern and contemporary developments is that within the same macroculture the idea of the formation of voluntary federations of democratic city-states also emerged and was put into practice.
In the end, Scott analyzes a host of theories about city-states and finds them all wanting in one way or another.
Thiel believes that the city-states offer an opportunity to better humanity and its right to true democracy, while critics point out executing the plan would be a logistical and environmental nightmare devoid of proper urban planning.
of Michigan) that reconstructs the general social history of the independent city-states of the Levantine coast under the Persian empire at the levels of the individual household, the city-state, and the administrative unit of the Persian empire.
The Elmaly Coins included the currencies of all the city-states that existed in the region.
Late in the 11th century, the rising naval power of the Italian city-states limited the ability of the Maghrihis to trade profitably across the Mediterranean.
Nienhuis, Ice Age Civilizations explores evidence of ancient, technologically advanced prehistoric civilizations and city-states, some of which are suggested to have submerged when the Ice Age ended.
While kings and tyrants ruled over most city-states in ancient Greece, the citizens of Athens developed a new form of government called "democracy," meaning government by the people.
But the two greatest city-states, Athens and Sparta, along with their allies, chose instead to resist the invader.